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Farmer to sail around coast to raise funds for injured Tuam man

Declan Tierney

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Shane Grogan . . . injury.

A farmer is to sail around Ireland to raise funds for a young Tuam man who is suffering from a brain injury.

The farmer will embark on the 704 mile journey later this month with an experienced crew of seven and three novices.

David Ryan’s nephew is Shane Grogan from Tuam. The 24 year old was subjected to an unprovoked attack almost two years ago.

He has been suffering a serious brain injury since then and many of his friends and family have rallied around him so that he can be cared for at home.

David is a Wicklow farmer who will fulfil a dream to sail in the 704 mile Round Ireland Yacht Race starting and finishing in Wicklow Sailing Club on June 28.

Perhaps this is a tall order for farmer Ryan, but the super yacht Monster Project, a Volvo 70, is one of the largest and fastest craft to enter the prestigious race, and with the right weather this team could even challenge the race record.

“We are all so excited to be competing at such a high international level of racing.

“But we know we have the skills and experience and we are sure Monster Project can deliver during this gruelling challenge, while raising vital funds for Care for Shane.

“We have the drive to make this happen”, David added.

David’s nephew Shane suffered a severe brain injury as a result of a serious unprovoked assault in August 2012.

He has undergone extensive treatment and currently needs 24 hour care.

Money raised in this campaign will go towards the building of a unit at his family home in Tuam so Shane can be with his family.

He will also be provided with treatments currently not available from the HSE to improve his cognitive function and quality of life.

The entire team and full square behind the fundraising effort on Shane’s behalf and monies raised will go directly to the cause – they hope to be first over the line.

The public can follow the progress of the team and Monster Project in the Round Ireland Yacht Race online at: www.linehonoursireland.com

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Family member can’t build house on home farm

Dara Bradley

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AN attempt by a farmer’s daughter to build a modest one-off house on rural land on the outskirts of the city has been knocked back.

An Bórd Pleanála (ABP) upheld a decision by Galway City Council to refuse planning permission to build a family home in Briarhill, on a site five kilometres east of the city.

The applicant Amy Molloy had been refused planning permission by the City Council for a four-bedroom, two-storey, one-off house at her father’s site at Coolagh, which has been in the family for seven generations.

In the appeal to ABP, the applicant argued that the City Development Plan “was never envisaged to preclude the seventh generation of a family from obtaining planning permission on their own lands”.

She said that this proposed development was “the only opportunity . . . to secure a mortgage”.

It complied with the Development Plan and the Local Area Plan, and was in keeping with existing dwellings in the area, she argued.

“The blanket exclusion from granting one-off housing would be contrary to proper planning and would be an infringement on the constitutional property rights for the landowner. This is an exceptional case and should be treated as such,” the appeal read.

The site is currently zoned ‘A’ Agricultural, which allows for residential development where a convincing need is established by immediate family members of the owners of the site, residing in the immediate area.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Leniency is sought on BEAM reduction

Francis Farragher

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Stephen Canavan: Leniency sought on BEAM cut.

AS marts edge back into online sales this week, there have been calls for Agriculture Minister, Charlie McConalogue, to show some ‘leniency and flexibility’ as regards the 5% nitrogen reduction target in the BEAM scheme.

Chairman of Tuam Livestock Mart, Stephen Canavan, told the Farming Tribune that many farmers found themselves in serious difficulty with the 5% reduction clause, and especially so now with the return of Level-5 Covid restrictions.

“We are now halfway through the reference year but with livestock sales so restricted due to Covid regulations – and with January always being a very quiet month at the marts – I am calling on the Minister to show some leniency towards farmers as regards this scheme,” said Stephen Canavan.

He said that some suckler farmers who had taken part in the scheme could now be facing into significant reductions in their herds after being ‘caught out’ with the 5% nitrogen reduction [stock numbers] clause.

“I think that it goes without saying that the scheme was badly thought out initially – and this 5% nitrogen reduction clause should never have been introduced – but even at this late stage some leniency would be a big help.

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Don’t ignore COVID Threat

Francis Farragher

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Pat Murphy: Family had an unwelcome New Year’s visitor.

CONNACHT IFA Chair, Pat Murphy, who tested positive for COVID-19 over the New Year period, has advised farmers and their families to be very much aware of how unexpectedly the virus can strike.

He told the Farming Tribune that in the run-up to the New Year, he was complaining of a ‘sore back and a bit of a cold’ but never suspected that he had the coronavirus.

“As a family, if you have the coronavirus, it certainly makes an awful difference to your everyday lives. Self-isolating in a room is a curtailment of your freedom that is difficult to get used to,” said Pat Murphy.

He said that his symptoms were not severe but that he had been warned to be especially wary if he encountered any periods of breathlessness, especially from days 6 to 8 of the infection.

A non-drinker who had hardly been out at all over the holiday period, he was initially a bit shocked to be diagnosed with the virus on New Year’s Day, and he has advised farmers just ‘to be aware’ if they have any symptoms. Pat’s wife Anna, a healthcare worker, has also tested positive for coronavirus, which has made for very different times in the Murphy household in Ardrahan.

“We might all be inclined to think that ‘we won’t get it’ but I think that over the past week, it’s pretty obvious to everyone that the virus has spread across communities. I think what’s really important for everyone is to be aware that this virus spreads very easily and to check it out if they’re not feeling well.

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